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When Acceptance Reflects Disrespect

The Methodological Contradictions of Accepting Participant Statements

Steven Ramey

. While most researchers today recognize the agency of those whom they study, methodological positions that accept the statements of research subjects on their own terms, thus disallowing critical analysis, undermine that recognition. Ironically, such methodological positions, which reflect an attempt to

Isabel Laack

. This article aims to begin bridging this gap by providing a preliminary cartography of the research field, thus developing a sound methodological basis for further studies. It includes a survey of the state of the art and an inventory of the fundamental methodological and theoretical challenges

Steven Engler and Mark Q. Gardiner

, if correct, semantic holism imposes metatheoretical constraints on the nature of such theories, theoretical constraints on the way that “religion” must be characterized, and methodological constraints on the way that religious phe- nomena must be analyzed. Keywords theories of religion, metatheory

Religion, Migration and Identity

Methodological and theological explorations


Edited by Martha Frederiks and Dorottya Nagy

Migration has become a major concern. The increase in migration in the 20th and 21st centuries has social, political and economic implications, but also effectuates change in the religious landscape, in religious beliefs and practices and in the way people understand themselves, each other and the world around them. In Religion, Migration and Identity scholars from various disciplines explore issues related to identity and religion, that people - individually and communally -, encounter when affected by migration dynamics. The volume foregrounds methodology in its exploration of the juxtaposition of religion, migration and identity and addresses questions which originate in various geographical locations, demonstrates new modes of interconnectedness, and thus aims to contribute to the ongoing academic discussions on mission, theology and the Christian tradition in general, in a worldwide perspective.

A Modest Proposal on Method

Essaying the Study of Religion


Russell T. McCutcheon

A Modest Proposal on Method further documents methodological and institutional failings in the academic study of religion. This collection of essays—which includes three previously unpublished chapters—identifies the manner in which old problems (like the presumption that our object of study is a special, deeply meaningful case) yet remain in the field. But amidst the critique there are a variety of practical suggestions for how the science of religion can become methodologically even-handed and self-reflexive—the markings of a historically rigorous exercise. Each chapter is introduced and contextualized by a newly written, substantive introduction.

Knut Mordal Melvær

rectification and redescription. In fact, he stumbles into many of the same traps he sets up for his colleagues and data, including theologians. Firstly, Herman draws a too simple and naive picture of the theologian/scholar of religion relationship. Secondly, due to a vague methodology, he does not explain

Barbara Krawcowicz

Religions in Brno. Not in all cases institutional affiliations corresponded to methodological commitments in a straightforward manner. Some scholars saw themselves as both theologians and scholars of religious studies. Others declared that their work occupied a middle position. Still others, in an attempt

Christopher M. Kavanagh

transcend the American context and relate to larger methodological, theoretical, and philosophical issues, but given the level of critical introspection on display I was surprised that a US -centric frame was widely adopted and presumed to be shared with readers, including in the post

Kim Knibbe and André Droogers

researchers of religion supposed to deal with these sorts of truth claims? The usual options are respectively disbelief, abstention and belief, also known as methodological atheism, agnosticism and theism. These options presuppose an opposition between science and religion. In our view the three options do

Andrew Rippin

Quranic Studies, part IV: Some methodological notes ANDREW RIPPIN Abstract In this article I will focus upon authors who have suggested basic methodo- logical challenges to the assumptions of Wansbrough's approach to the Mus- lim interpretative tradition found in part IV of his book, Quranic